Shire Network News #147 has been released. The feature interview is with Dr. Rusty Shackleford, proprietor and founder of the My Pet Jawa Blog. Using just his computer and an Internet connection he stumbled on what looks like a possible campaign scandal. His first post on this broke the story to the world.

Rusty explains to us exactly what astroturfing and sockpuppetry are and the steps he and his team of web sleuths went through to do the job the Main Stream Media won’t do for you.

Click here for the show notes, links, and ways to listen to the show; directly from the web site, by downloading the mp3 file, or by subscribing with your podcatcher of choice.

Below is the text of my commentary.

Hi, this is Doug Payton for Shire Network News asking you to "Consider This!"

Iranian President, Genocidal Maniac, and all-around fun guy Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently said he was ready to debate the men running for US President.  Oh, now that’s something I think we’d all like to see, for the comedic value if nothing else.  It’s not that we could actually believe any answer Ahmadinejad gave, it’s just that it would be funny enough to watch him try to say things he thinks we would believe. 

So I’m going to take a peek into my crystal ball, and sift through what would be, from the home office in Camillus, NY, the Top 9 Answers Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Would Give During A Presidential Debate.

9 – No, Mr. Gibson, I don’t know what the Bush Doctrine is.  Is it a Baptist thing?

8 – When I talked about wiping Israel off the map, I was speaking metaphorically.  Somewhat like "killing all Jews in Europe" used to be.

7 – Actually, I just wanted to wipe Israel off my whiteboard.

6 – True, we do not have any homosexuals in Iran.  We also don’t have thieves, murderers, extortionists, or genocidal maniacs.

5 – No, I haven’t been ignoring the letters from the United Nations.  They’re in my "To Do Real Soon Now" pile on the kitchen table.

4 – I refuse to answer on the ground that it may make me sound like a raving lunatic.

3 – Did I say "Sharia Law".  I’m sorry, I meant Jude Law, the actor.  I loved him as Lemony Snicket.

2 – I want to thank Mr. Anderson Cooper for the interview he had with me, and would love to evade, shift blame, and give further "no comments" anytime he wants.

And the #1 Answer Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Would Give During A Presidential Debate:

I agree with everything Mr. Obama has just said.

Consider that.

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